Josh Gad Rumored to Play The Thing/Ben Grimm in THE FANTASTIC FOUR

     January 28, 2014


At this point, Fantastic Four fans should be ready for the upcoming film reboot, The Fantastic Four, to be a radical reinvention of the famous Marvel family.  It’s likely that they will be casting young on this one with names like Miles Teller, Kit Harington, and Richard Madden being rumored for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan rumored for Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, and Michael B. Jordan all but officially confirmed to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.  The only piece of casting news that hasn’t come up yet is who will play Ben Grimm/The Thing.  Today, we have the first casting rumor for the big, orange rock monster: Josh Gad.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming on The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming on March 31st for a June 19, 2015 release date.

josh-gad-the-thing-fantastic-fourAccording to, “word on Gad comes from within casting circles close to the film”, and I’m willing to trust their word on this because isn’t known for trying to run a rumor mill.  Additionally, Gad, like Ben Grimm, would be the oldest member of the group, although in this case, “old” is 32.  And before you go flying off the handle about his voice, screenwriter Jeremy Slater tweeted the following about the character:

  • No idea if it’s true or not, but I kinda like the Josh Gad casting rumor!
  • My argument has always been that Ben is the closest thing Marvel has to a Pixar character. You need an expressive, lovable voice.
  • And *any* actor you cast is going to have his voice digitally lowered and modulated to match the character. So why not go for pure talent?
  • Anyway. Ben’s my favorite character I’ve ever written. Gad is awesome and would kill it. Hope it’s true.

I would like to point out that I’ve known Slater for a while now, and he’s not a constant shill.  If he has something positive to say, he genuinely believes it.

As for my personal thoughts on where The Fantastic Four is going, I’m not deeply attached to the franchise, so I find this kind of unexpected casting to be exciting.

However, director Josh Trank took to Twitter to flatly deny the Gad rumor, which to me would be the end of it except back in August, he also said Teller wasn’t circling the role, but Teller’s name has been mentioned in connection with the project as recently as last week.  My point here is that everything is “deny, deny, deny” because Fox is trying to keep a lid on it, and that means not letting rumors stand.  I’m not saying that Trank is wrong (obviously, it’s his movie), but with Teller staying in contention after Trank’s previous denial, I’m not willing to write off Gad completely.


  • Davis

    Love it…..seriously

    • Davis

      down vote really?

      • Redjester

        For saying (and I quote), you “Love” this casting decision? Yes, I’d say that fully warrants a down-vote and then some.

      • Davis

        Bunch of nit picking nerds

    • Leo Spaceman

      Ben grime is a big beefy man who has muscle mass. Josh Gad is just fat. I don’t like this one big. A black johnny storm doesn’t bother me at all because race doesn’t determine personality and Jordan fits the role well but josh gad is fat and soft. I don’t buy him one bit as rock hard and ready to fight. Michael chiklis was the perfect Ben Grimes as far as I’m concerned.

      • Davis

        Josh can get in shape plus he’d be cgi’d in anyway

  • Tom

    He was good as Steve Wozniak in “Jobs” and I hope he will be great in Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here”, but… The Thing. I’m not sure. I would say no.

  • Angel of Death

    Olaf the Mormon Snowman says “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”

  • DNAsplitter

    CGI the Thing and get Bruce Willis to voice him.

    • Jamesy

      Why not just get Bruce Willis to play Ben Grimm/The Thing?

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  • JBug

    I really don’t like/understand this. Because he’s round, he should be the Thing? Can somebody explain why this casting decision would make any sense besides the round thing?

    • Jamesy

      Because Gad is a talented actor, and they are looking to go in a different direction than the 2005 movie? They could be using cgi for The Thing, and altering the voice in post. They could go the opposite and cast Michael Cera, then people would just say “Oh he looks nothing the part he’s not ROUND enough” If Tank and co are looking for some comedic relief and a talented actor, then Gad fits.

  • Pant on fire

    Since the thing is mostly just cgi anyway I don’t really have an issue with this. He was hilarious as Olaf so maybe they are hoping for some of that same magic?

  • Thal Sinestro

    He was pretty good on Thanks for Sharing so i guess I’ll reserve judgement until the movie comes out.

  • SomeGuy

    Buff him up and he could be a good Ben Grimm. Then they should obviously take the route that they did with the Hulk in ‘Avengers’ as far as the appearance of Thing goes.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    I guess fox wants the movie to be a tax write off

    • Rockslide

      I usually don’t agree with your posts, but this time I have to. At this point I don’t even know what movie Fox is making, but it sure doesn’t seem like Fantastic Four.

  • Davis

    fuck you bitch

  • Redjester

    Worst. Casting. Decision. Ever.

    I was defending this pic for so long, but it’s like they’re not even trying.

    First, Ben Grimm should be 40-45 years of age by the time he turns into The Thing.

    Second, he was a tough New Yorker, not a chubby dude my five year old nephew could beat up. Which leads to another point: Why is this taking place in Louisiana?

    Third: His voice is high pitched. I mean really high pitched, so if you’re choosing someone because of their voice acting skillz (Frozen’s snowman), why on earth would you choose someone who’s voice you’ll have to drastically alter to begin with?!?

    Fourth: For those saying he’ll be able to gain the muscle in time for the start of filming. B.S. He’s an actor, meaning the amount of roles he is offered are just as much a cosmetic choice as a talent-based one. Simply put, he’d get more work if he was in better shape. He knows this, yet unlike most initially overweight celebs, he still clearly hasn’t made any strides to get thinner (most celebrities at least try). If anything, he’s packed on more pounds since the start of his acting career.

    And lastly: If you’re going to go really really young with all these characters, Ben Grimm is still supposed to be the elder of the group, not the same age as every other person in the cast!

    The guy who said this is amounting to nothing more than a quick cash grab/tax write-off hit the nail on the head.

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  • Mezmero

    Not the guy for this. I think these rumors will hurt expectations.

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